Thursday, August 9, 2012

Review: Iron Jawed Angels

Director: Katja von Garnier

Starring: Hilary Swank, Margo Martindale, Anjelica Huston

Year: 2004

Genre: Drama (TV)

Rated: Not rated

Length: 125 min.

IMDB Summary: Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.

Despite its historical significance, Iron Jawed Angels misses the mark with its cheesy music, tedious romance plot and by-the-book acting. Some of the dramatic sequences--such as the egg yolk scene--make this film worthwhile, but many of the scenes lack the life and vigor that more experienced actors would easily provide. Huston gives by far the best performance, followed by Martindale. Swank was decent for the role of Alice Paul, but in my opinion was miscast. The romance between Paul and a young man is dull and predictable. Likewise, the opening of the film is hideously boring, as Paul and her friend playfully joke about the most frivolous subjects. Probably the worst aspect of this movie was the music, which resembled today's pop music beats and did not fit the time period at all, thus detracting from the authenticity of the film's sets. Although it has moments of good acting and thought-provoking dialogue, Iron Jawed Angels is weakly-constructed in many ways and probably not worth your time.

For Parents:
Some mild violence and mild language

My Rating:
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